Book Title: The Wisdom of Listening: Pieces of Gold from a Decade of Interviewing and Life by Marilyn R. Wilson
Category: Adult Non-fiction, 220 pages
Genre: Self-Esteem, Motivational, Personal Transformation
Publisher: Real People - Real Lives Press | Release date: May 28, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 24 to Oct 12, 2018 | Content Rating: G
The next time you're out in public, take a moment to look around you. Each and every person you see holds wisdom in their pockets--pieces of gold they've accumulated as they walked their own unique life journey.
Within these pages, Marilyn shares some of the many pieces of gold she has received over her decade-long career. They have been offered to her during interviews, through random encounters and while facing difficult challenges. The most important? We are each unique and exactly who we are meant to be.
Are you ready to dig for gold? All you need to do is be brave, be present in the moment and be open to the possibilities--then start a conversation.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
In this non-fiction tale, the author offers her insight to the responses she received from various individuals she Interviewed. She, also, strives to reiterate the truth that everyone has a story. There are no individuals on this planet who are not unique in some way.
I liked the fact she pointed this out. Many of us feel we are not anything special. There is no other who has lived your life. We can often relate to other's circumstances or experiences in some ways, but each will be somewhat unique.
I agree that this is a very important topic.
The interviews, plus her memoirs, were interesting, although at times repetitive.
I don't feel the title fits, nor the book cover, although they are both eye-catching.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was sent to me with no stipulation for a positive review. This is my honest review.
A Mother's Reading Memories by Marilyn R. Wilson ( www.marilynrwilson.com )
I was an avid reader growing up. I don't remember my parents encouraging me much once I could read on my own. However, of the three of us kids, I was the one driven to get her library card and went there often. I still remember the first time I walked up those daunting stairs from the children's section in the basement to the adult main floor and selected a book. I felt so grown up.
When I became a mother – a whopping three kids arriving in only three and a half years – I was determined they would all love reading too. I read to them often and for long periods of time. My all time favorite kids book was, and still is, Derek the Knitting Dinosaur. It has a wonderful rhyming text, a fun storyline, nice illustrations and it's message is one of self-acceptance.
One Christmas my three kids – age three to six and a half at the time – sat side by side on the hearth and recited this mid-length book from start to finish with no help. I had no idea they had memorized it. Even today, if the subject comes up, most of us can recite at least the first five pages with few mistakes.
Now THAT'S a great children's book. Unfortunately it is now out of print.
I started teaching my oldest how to read before he hit grade one. He was smart, but early on I could sense a possible underlying learning problem. So to give him confidence, we started the basics at home.
The other two, not wanting to be left out, jumped on board. Every week we were at the library picking out new super easy readers to practice with. My two oldest needed no encouragement while they were in elementary school, but my third just wasn't as sold on reading. What to do? In a very inspired moment I offered all three the chance to stay up an extra half hour if they wanted to read. Bingo. That had them reading every night before bed until sports, friends, homework and more began to eat away at their free time.
As they grew older, I missed that time spent with all three cuddled up to me while I read book after book, but I loved making sure they always had great books laying around ready to be picked up. I also lost all perspectives on budget when I took them to the school's book fairs. We would come home with our arms filled.
As adults, I find their reading comes and goes in spurts. They have times they indulge, but not like when they were younger. It's probably normal. Looking at myself in my 20s, 30s and 40s, that's exactly the place I was at. It was only when my kids became independent and I began to have more free time that I dove back into reading.
Now every holiday I load at least 15 e-Books into my vintage Sony Reader before we leave and dive in during any free moments. Most nights when I start to wind down, at least part of that time is spent reading. I hope for all of my kids that as their lives settle, they'll find their way back to ending their day relaxing with a good book.
In the meantime, every once and awhile I find myself reminiscing about those early story times. Many favorite books come to mind, but Derek the Knitting Dinosaur is still tops for me. In fact, I just dug out my 25 plus year old copy the other day. I still love it!
“Millions of years before man or machine, lived Derek the Dinosaur little and green. And all day long in his little stone house, he talked to his friend Montmorency the Mouse. And this is what he said......”
About the Author:
Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer, published author and speaker with a passion for interviewing. Her career as a writer began in an unusual way: by answering a Craigslist ad from a NYC magazine. The world shifted when she conducted her first interview—she had found her passion.
Since 2006, she has interviewed over a hundred and fifty people from around the globe, co-owned a local magazine, wrote freelance for others, worked as an editor, published two books and provided author support for her publisher. Her goal as an author -- to give wings to the stories of others and to pay forward some of the many "pieces of gold" received during interviews - bits of wisdom that have changed her life.
Connect with Marilyn: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
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Prizes: Win a copy of The Wisdom of Listening by Marilyn R. Wilson (2 paperbacks and 5 ebooks available as prizes / 7 winners total) Two winners will also get a $25 Amazon GC (open to USA & Canada)
(ends Oct 19, 2018)